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NFL at odds with GMs on April draft, sources say

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What we learned at the 2019 NHL draft

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First-round winners and losers of the 2019 NHL draft

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2019 NHL draft: Pick analysis for every team

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2019 NHL draft primer: Answering the 25 biggest last-minute questions

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Zion Williamson Channels LeBron For Draft Suit, Bol Bol Rocks Spider Web

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Draft trades to watch: Why the fun could start as high as No. 4

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Indochino Signs Top NBA Draft Prospect RJ Barrett as Ambassador

Indochino has inked an exclusive, multiyear deal with top NBA draft prospect RJ Barrett.
Barrett, a Toronto native and a forward on the Duke Blue Devils as well as the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team, is expected to be among the top five picks in the NBA Draft on Thursday. He is the son of Rowan Barrett who played professionally in Europe and South America.
Under the terms of the deal with Indochino, Barrett will be featured in the company’s campaigns and the brand will create an exclusive RJ Barrett collection of custom apparel and customizations that will be released to coincide with his expected season debut in the NBA for the 2019-20 season.
He will also wear select looks from Indochino throughout the season and to a number of high-profile events throughout the year. He will kick off the partnership by wearing Indochino to the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“The experience of hearing my name called on draft day is one I’ve been working toward my entire life,” said Barrett. “It is the first of many unforgettable moments I hope to have in my NBA career. It’s important to me that my look always reflect the moment and leave

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2019 NHL mock draft: Chris Peters’ final first-round predictions

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Peters’ best-case two-round NHL mock draft: How all 31 teams ace their picks

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We let NHL draft prospects read their scouting reports … and respond

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NFL draft headed to Cleveland in 2021, KC in ’23

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Our favorite 2019 NFL draft picks: Nine experts weigh in

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The five QBs that could define the 2020 NFL draft class

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32 players most likely to be cut, traded after the 2019 NFL draft

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Which NFL prospects rocked the red carpet at the draft?

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Draft takeaways: Why the QB class was overhyped

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Sources: Steelers target Big Ben deal before draft

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The next Aaron Donald? Ed Oliver’s unconventional path to NFL draft

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Can Kyler Murray rewrite years of NFL draft history and go No. 1?

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Barnwell: The best (and worst) NFL draft classes at every position

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Saban: Players lose by entering NFL draft early

Alabama football coach Nick Saban warned against all but the top-ranked players leaving early for the NFL draft, saying “the person that loses in that is the player.” – NFL

The ultimate NFL draft glossary: Glass-eater, fluid hips, cow on ice and more

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2019 NHL Draft Central: Analysis, rankings, mock drafts, more

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Could Cards trade out of No. 1? Answering 10 big draft questions

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Targets and draft needs for all 32 teams at the 2019 NFL combine

What will the Cardinals do at No. 1? Will the Raiders hang on to all of their first-round picks? NFL Nation assesses which position each team will target at the combine. – NFL

2019 NHL draft rankings: Chris Peters’ Top 50 prospects

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Kyler Murray declares for the NFL draft: Everything you need to know

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Projected 2019 NFL draft order: Cards are near locks for No. 1 pick

Arizona is in pole position for the top pick in next year’s draft. Here are our projections for picks 1-32. – NFL

Tracking underclassmen declarations for 2019 NFL draft: Full list

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Sabres trade D Fedun to Stars for draft pick

The Stars have acquired defenseman Taylor Fedun from the Sabres, who received a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft. – NHL

Which member of the 2010 draft class would you build around?

The debate is not just Taylor Hall vs. Tyler Seguin anymore. Our panel picks their franchise building block from the 210 players taken that year. – NHL

Wysh list: Plant-my-flag draft picks for this fantasy season

Greg Wyshynski spills the beans on which players he’s targeting in his fantasy hockey drafts ahead of the 2018-19 NHL season. – NHL

NBA Draft Fashion: the Good, the Bad and the Swaggy

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Six best NBA draft trades we’d like to see

Plenty of picks, like the rights to Luka Doncic, throughout the lottery could be in play for draft-night trades. So which moves should teams make? – NBA

Will top draft prospect Mo Bamba reach his ridiculous ceiling?

The Texas center won’t be the No. 1 pick. But will he turn into the best player? That’s starting to look like a real question now. – TOP

NBA draft lottery: Likely picks, odds and stakes for every team

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Lowe’s 10 things: Let’s get the All-Star draft right

Zach Lowe highlights another young Chicago Bull, a masterful Dwyane Wade move, Andrew Wiggins and the winning-ugly Timberwolves, struggling lottery picks, and more. – TOP

Browns, Bills and 49ers set up for big 2018 draft

Three teams traded up to select their quarterbacks of the future in 2017. Now three others are armed with lots of capital, but not all will take a QB. – NFL

President Trump’s 2017 Report Card (first draft)

As we approach the holiday season there will be much debate on how President Trump has performed for his first calendar year. As a populist president, I think the best way to judge his performance is by focusing on the issues voters say are their top priorities. Pew Research polled voters to determine their political priorities for 2017. Let’s see how President Trump is doing so far on the top ten priorities according to the public.

Terrorism (76% rated top priority)

ISIS is on the run, thanks in part to President Trump’s loosening of the rules of military engagement, as well as pivoting from a Whack-a-Mole strategy to a total annihilation strategy with no withdrawal date. Both moves are good persuasion. And while President Trump’s “extreme vetting” is unpopular with many citizens, it has probably reduced risk to the homeland. And General Mattis is widely considered to be a strong hire.

     Grade: A

Economy (73% rated top priority)

I’ll give President Obama 75% credit for the strong economy. But I think consumer confidence and the stock market tell us there is optimism about the current administration. That confidence is buoyed by Trump’s reduction in regulations via executive orders, his tough talk on trade, and his persuasion toward a higher GDP that is already becoming self-fulfilling. If people believe the economy will be better next year than this year, they invest this year, thus making next year better. We might see something good come out of tax reform, but I don’t think it will matter as much as people assume.

     Grade: A

Education (69% rated top priority)

I’m not aware of any federal changes in this area that would be big enough to make a difference. But it is also unclear how much the federal government can do on an issue that is managed by the states. Unfortunately for the Trump administration, the mental anchor in our minds for education is Bernie Sanders’ idea of free college. If that’s the standard, the Trump administration is not even in the game.

     Grade: C

Jobs (68% rated top priority)

Unemployment is low. Illegal immigration is down by half. Corporations are bringing manufacturing jobs back to America, at least in part because of Trump’s direct persuasion on this point. A cut in business tax rates could improve things further.

     Grade: A

Health care costs (66% rated top priority)

President Trump offered to sign any health care bill the Republican congress could pass. They tried twice and failed twice. The public sees this as more of a problem with Congress than the presidency, and the public is right. But it is also true that the President did not fully engage his persuasion game on this topic, allowing Republicans to fail miserably. Is that bad? It depends.

I have been saying for months that the only way to get a good health care bill is by letting the Republican Congress fail a few times so they become flexible (more bipartisan) later. President Trump’s potential influence over health care will grow over time as both sides look at a failing Obamacare system and don’t want to explain their failure to voters in 2018. I’m predicting we will have health care legislation before summer, but the only way to get there is by letting both the current system and Congress continue to fail. That is happening.

President Trump did sign an executive order allowing groups to organize to purchase health care insurance. That could help, but we see nothing useful from it yet.

     Grade: Incomplete (with a progress grade of D- so far)

Social Security (60% rated top priority)

Social Security is a Congressional budget issue. But President Trump promises to keep it strong. Not much happening on this topic. But a strong economy is a good foundation for having a solid safety net, and we have that going for us.

     Grade: B

Medicare (59% rated top priority)

Medicare is a Congressional budget issue. I’ve seen nothing significant from President Trump on this topic. But again, a strong economy helps here too.

     Grade: B

Poor and needy (56% rated top priority)

A growing economy is the most effective way to help the poor and needy in the long run, and things are going well on that front. But expect Republican budgets to look “mean” to this demographic.

     Grade: C

Race relations (56% rated top priority)

President Trump is an “America First” president, and that includes treating all legal citizens the same under the law. But the optics of that approach create the impression that the administration is racist for ignoring identity politics and playing hardball with illegal immigrants. In my opinion, the Trump administration has mostly fumbled this issue from the start of the campaign until now. The anti-Trump media is probably at least 60% of the problem in terms of how people feel about this topic, but you can’t blame them for hitting lots of targets in a target-rich environment.

     Grade: F

Reducing Crime (56% rated top priority)

I haven’t noticed any improvement in this area that would be related to the federal government except for a decrease in immigration and an improvement in the economy (which I assume reduces crime, but maybe not).

     Grade: C

You might be wondering about climate change. That issue, to my surprise, is not in the top ten. Likewise, judicial nominations and several other topics I expected to be important are not in the top ten. But those omissions from the top ten probably don’t matter for this exercise because partisans would disagree on what success looks like in most of those areas. Is it a success to nominate qualified conservatives to the courts? It depends on your political affiliations. Is it a success to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord? Again, it depends on your political perspective. And that might account for why the harder-to-score issues rank outside the top ten priorities. We all know what a good economy looks like, but we would disagree on, for example, the optimal size for the military.

I submit my scorecard here as a work in progress, with probable revisions coming based on your critiques.

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Donald Trump Can Be Stopped — Draft Kim Kardashian

With Donald Trump leading the presidential race in the Republican Party by a “huge” margin, the Democratic Party needs to get serious here and produce a world-class elite candidate who can compete down at this level.

The obvious choice is Kim Kardashian.

Kim would wrest media coverage away from Trump. On recent evenings, all three networks of CNN, MSNBC and Fox News abandoned their prime-time news programs, and instead cut away for lengthy segments to a live video feed of Trump giving speeches. Flipping channels provided no relief because they all showed the exact same thing, like a presidential address. Trump was blabbing on and on about his own magnificence without saying a single word of substance, and all three news networks remained locked onto it.

Kim could give speeches that say absolutely nothing as well, but she could deliver them in a bikini.

Now that would trump Trump.

Plus, Kim is far more qualified to be president than Trump. She is way more famous. Her reality TV show was far better than Trump’s. And Kim has 35 million followers on Twitter compared to Trump’s paltry four million followers. It’s not even close.

The presidential debates between the two would really distinguish the best candidate to lead this nation. Trump would start by asserting that Kim is not a “10.” But this would not go over very well because the voters would see that Trump just attacks opponents without any basis in reality.

Trump would then seek to impugn Kim’s moral integrity by reminding everyone that she made a sex video. Kim, however, would turn the tables on Trump and create a you’re-no-Jack-Kennedy moment that would achieve presidential debate history by challenging Trump to make his own sex video and post it online so voters would have a basis for comparing the two candidates.

Actually, this is not such a bad idea. After all, with Trump proclaiming that voters should just “trust” him that he would be a good president based upon his personality instead of having to present any specific policies, voters do need some sort of a way to assess his ability to perform.

Now, some say that the Democratic Party should just stick with its current front-runner, Hillary Clinton. But Hillary has some very big problems in this new upside-down universe. She is intelligent, experienced and accomplished. That’s not good. Hillary also has thought through many difficult issues facing this nation and she has developed smart policy positions on how she would seek to solve these issues as president. Big mistake. It’s just difficult to see what all that dull and boring stuff has to do with anything.

So the Democrats need to rise to the occasion here and kick-off a movement to draft Kim.

Trump versus Kim will be the greatest spectacle of our time. The news networks will achieve record ratings and, of course, record profits. It will be the greatest reality TV show ever.

And a sad day for democracy.

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Knicks Fans Immediately Slandered After Suspect NBA Draft Pick [Photos]

In tonight’s 2015 NBA Draft the New York Knicks went ahead and drafted Kristaps Porzingis, a talented 19-year-old 7 footer with a good jump shot but allegedly suspect defense. The latter is what the Knicks don’t need and they left point guard Emmanuel Mudiay on the board (Denver scooped him at No. 7). 

Needless to say, the slander has been swift and impeccable considering the Knicks have needed a point guard since like the start of the millennium.

Did we mention Przingis is an avid World Star watcher? Let’s get to it.

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French Parliament Passes Draft Law To Curb Public Health Cost And Fight Unhealthy Stereotypes

PARIS (AP) — Too-thin models, too much drinking, sexy cigarette packs: France’s parliament is cracking down on all of these in a sweeping bill designed to improve public health and trim public health costs — while tackling unhealthy stereotypes along the way.

The National Assembly, parliament’s lower house, voted 311-241 on Tuesday to approve the draft law. It now goes to the Senate before a final vote back in the assembly. The Socialist-led government hopes the bill will take effect by the summer.

Health Minister Marisol Touraine, the bill’s champion, said it is “crucial to tackle the challenge of aging and the emergence of new diseases” while preserving France’s generous and highly vaunted health care system.

Here’s a look at some of the key reforms:


In a measure that could cause ripples in France’s famed fashion industry, the bill would make it a crime to use anorexic models or encourage anorexia.

It would forbid anyone with a body mass index, or BMI, below a certain level from earning money as a model. The exact level — based on height and weight — would be defined later by decree if the bill becomes law.

Any modeling agency or individual who pays a model with a BMI below the designated level would face up to six months in prison and 75,000 euros ($ 80,000) in fines if convicted.

Some 40,000 people are estimated to have anorexia in France — 90 percent of them women, according to the Health Ministry.


The government’s plan includes a measure that would require manufacturers to package cigarettes in plain containers by May 2016. Packs would have the same shape, size, color and typeset. Brands would still be mentioned, but would be restricted to a small discreet place on the packaging.

The government believes less attractive packaging would help discourage young people from starting to smoke. Around 30 percent of French people smoke — a habit linked to some 73,000 deaths a year in France, according to official statistics.


People who encourage minors to drink excessively could face a year behind bars and a $ 16,000 (15,000 euro) fine.

The sale to minors of products inciting people to get drunk, such as T-shirts, would be forbidden.

Touraine, the health minister, has cautioned against the ills of binge-drinking, and has used the English-language term to describe the act of excessive imbibing over a short period of time.

As many as 49,000 people die every year in France from the consequences of drinking alcohol, according to a 2013 study published in the European Journal of Public Health.

Other measures, including requiring the labeling of alcohol-related risks in advertising, were scrapped during the Assembly debate, under pressure from the conservative opposition and France’s influential wine lobby.


In a step that would require changes to the business model of some fast-food chains, the bill would ban free-refill soda fountains in restaurants in a move aimed at combatting obesity.

Touraine, speaking in parliament, noted that the free-refill policy was “common in other countries, … is spreading in our country and could be attractive to young people.”


Amid concerns about skin cancer, the bill would bar tanning salons from selling sun-bed services to customers under 18 years old or to engage in advertising targeting minors.


The bill would allow for a six-year test period in which intravenous drug users would be given access to clean needles under medical supervision and in the presence of drug counselors.

The conservative opposition — which controls the Senate — has criticized the measure as a “very bad signal” to French youth, saying it trivializes the use of drugs.

Under France’s legislative system, the National Assembly has final say in the passage of laws — so even if the Senate alters or rejects the bill, it could become law.

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Kentucky Cancels Practice For NBA Draft Suit Fitting

CLEVELAND, OH—Following the Wildcats’ 78-39 victory over West Virginia in the Sweet 16, Kentucky sources confirmed that coach John Calipari had canceled Friday’s practice so the players could get fitted for NBA draft suits.

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CLEVELAND, OH—Following the Wildcats’ 78-39 victory over West Virginia in the Sweet 16, Kentucky sources confirmed that coach John Calipari had canceled Friday’s practice so the players could get fitted for NBA draft suits.

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Draft Day – Ivan Reitman

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Draft Day

Ivan Reitman

Genre: Sports

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 0.99

Release Date: April 11, 2014

It's NFL Draft Day. A day that can change the lives of athletes and the fortunes of football teams forever. After pulling off a blockbuster trade, General Manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) controls the #1 pick. Up against fan pressure, an ambitious owner (Frank Langella), and a hard-nosed coach (Denis Leary), Sonny faces the biggest decision of his life. Should he go with the consensus #1 pick or trust his instincts and risk losing it all? Also starring Jennifer Garner and Terry Crews.

© © 2014 Summit Entertainment, LLC and Odd Lot Pictures, LLC.

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